Six Steps to a Great Retirement

Consumer Reports lists six steps to a great retirement as follows: Live modestly. This was the top "best step" listed by retirees who said they were highly satisfied with their lives. Maximize your savings. Even if you don't have a defined-benefit plan, regularly contributing to a 401(k), 403(b), IRA, or other investment vehicle pays off, our satisfied retirees told us. Reduce debt. […]

Daily Links: Extreme Editing Edition

Haha. Here I thought that once I finished my manuscript I’d magically have more time to write at Get Rich Slowly. That’ll happen soon, but I’m not there yet. […]

Best of Money Carnival Now Up

Just a note to let you know that the Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Get A Financial Education In Your Twenties. I made the carnival as well with my post titled How to Get a Raise or Promotion. […]

Trimming the Average Budget: Education

This is part of an ongoing series about how to trim the budget of the average American. As this series focuses on such broad-based tips, some will work for you and some will not. […]

Gave to Haiti -- Hope Others Do the Same

Just a note to cover a few things: 1. I made a donation to help the earthquake victims in Haiti this weekend. I used proceeds generated by FMF to support Samaritan's Purse and their work there. 2. Wanted to encourage you all to do the same. No matter how much people are hurting here in the US (from the tough economy), we are substantially more wealthy than the average citizen of Haiti. […]

Request Your CLUE Report

Have you requested your CLUE report lately? It’s one of several specialty reports you should be reviewing annually and today I requested mine. CLUE stands for Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange and your CLUE report details your seven year claims history with your insurance company. […]

Graduate Degrees Raise Income

We've covered the value of a college degree (a few times) as well as the value of an elite college, so it made sense for me to post on this Wall Street Journal piece saying that graduate degrees raise income. […]

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U.S. Mint: Making Money By Making Money

I hardly use cash anymore. Almost every financial transaction I make as I go about my business is accomplished electronically or with plastic. […]

Poll: How Do You Prepare Your Taxes?

It’s that time of year again and the tax documents will start filling your mailbox in a matter of weeks. That means you will need to begin thinking about your tax return. It isn’t the most exciting chore in the world, but it’s something that just becomes part of our annual routine after a while. That sort of leads me to today’s poll question. […]

Maximize Your Membership: 16 Tips to Shopping Warehouse Stores

By Coupon Sherpa More than one-third of 1,900 consumers recently surveyed by The Frugal Shopper said their "favorite way to save money" was to shop warehouse clubs. Clearly, the recession has given these super-super-super-sized stores a boost. […]

Free Money Finance March Madness, Round 1, Posts 1-4

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (if you wonder what's going on in these posts, see my article announcing March Money Madness and/or click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when […]

Life Without a Mortgage

As a followup to Friday’s post about having paid off our mortgage early, I wanted to spend a bit of time talking about how things will be different in the absence of our mortgage. […]

Reader Mailbag #98

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. […]

Five Tips to Sell Any Home Fast

By Stacy Johnson I've been investing in real estate of various types for nearly 30 years, and I've never seen anything like it. I'm talking about this housing market. Granted, all real estate is local, and I live in South Florida, one of the epicenters of our nation's current housing crisis. […]

Win a Free Copy of H&R Block at Home (Formerly TaxCut)!

I've been giving away things like crazy here the past two weeks. Later today I'll name the winners for my latest You Need a Budget and Sound Mind Investing giveaways. […]

Don’t Tell Others How To Spend Their Money

This is a guest article by Outlaw, who lives and works in New York’s financial district and writes on the blog Credit Card Outlaw.I don’t believe in conspiracies.A few weeks ago someone I vaguely knew from college forwarded me an email about how the World Trade Center was likely destroyed by government “beam weapons.” I don’t even know what a beam weapon is, but it sounds absurd. […]

How to Improve a Good Credit Score

In the last few years, the importance of credit scores and the publicity of that importance has shot up tremendously. With the loose credit era behind us, and banks fearful of taking on more under and non-performing loans (ie. […]

Break Out of Your Comfort Zone to Achieve Success

This is a guest post from Flexo of Consumerism Commentary. Flexo is embarking on a ten-day, ten-blog tour. Previously at Get Rich Slowly, he’s shared how to be CFO of your own life. Humans are wired to seek comfort, and as a result much of daily life is focused around familiar patterns and habits. When something threatens to break those habits, we feel uncomfortable and nervous. […]